Cloud Giant AWS Announces Launch of New AWS EU (Paris) Region

December 20, 2017
Cloud Giant AWS Announces Launch of New AWS EU (Paris) Region
Cloud giant Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) has announced the launch of the new ‘AWS EU (Paris) Region’ - a new AWS region in France. AWS is the recognized cloud arena leader and has global headquarters in Seattle, Washington, United States. An Amazon Group company, its range of cloud offerings extend to compute, storage, security and Internet of Things (IoT). It has a truly global presence with ‘Availability Zones’ across the globe. The new region will give the company’s French customers the benefit of being able to “run applications and store their content in data centers in France”.

‘AWS EU (Paris) Region’ joins AWS’s current European regions in Germany, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. It also joins a network of 49 Availability Zones in 18 regions around the world. Another 12 Availability Zones and four regions are also available in in Bahrain, Hong Kong SAR, and Sweden. The company expects to launch a further AWS GovCloud Region in the United States in 2019. News of the launch has been welcomed by both central and local government in France.

AWS meets a range of compliance standards including ISO 27001, ISO 27017, ISO 27018, SOC 1 (Formerly SAS 70), SOC 2 and SOC 3 Security & Availability, and PCI DSS Level 1 - a fact that makes it very attractive to French customers. It is also EU-US Privacy Shield certified. In addition, the ‘AWS Data Processing Addendum’ (DPA) makes its services ‘GDPR’-ready.

“For over a decade, AWS has been supporting French builders and entrepreneurs, in enterprises and startups, on their quest to reinvent and evolve their customer’s experiences,” explained AWS CEO, Andy Jassy. “We have tens of thousands of French customers using AWS from regions outside of France, but we’ve heard them loud and clear and are excited to deliver them an AWS Region in France, so they can easily operate their most latency-sensitive workloads or house any data that needs to reside on French soil.”

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